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A “First” for Sandy Lake First Nation’s Access to Justice

In an unprecedented step, the Ontario Court of Appeal orders that its May 6th hearing in the Brody Meekis case be replayed on community TV for the next month. A copy of the order can be found here. Although many Ontarians will not realize it, today our pr...

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Enforcement on First Nations Reserves and the “Phantom” First Nations Policing Policy – Appearance before the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs

May 14, 2021 Ottawa, ON – On Thursday May 13, 2021, Chief Roland Morrison of Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (“NAPS”) and Julian Falconer of Falconers LLP had the honour of appearing virtually before the parliamentary Standing Committee on Indigenous ...

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“SPIRIT TO SOAR” – COMPELLING DOCUMENTARY ON ANTI-INDIGENOUS RACISM DEBUTS AT HOT DOCS

Toronto, ON – The Hot Docs festival recently featured the debut of the documentary Spirit to Soar. Co-directed by Tanya Talaga and Michelle Derosier, the film tells the vital, difficult story of anti-Indigenous racism in Thunder Bay. The film is a passi...

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CACOLE Conference: Police Oversight and First Nations Policing in 2021

Today, Julian Falconer is appearing as a panelist at the virtual conference of the Canadian Association For Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE). Julian will be speaking about the role of civilian oversight bodies, including his extensive experi...

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Public Livestream – PC Theriault Appeals His Conviction for Assault of Dafonte Miller (Dial-In Included)

Toronto, ON – This Wednesday, May 12th and Thursday, May 13th, the Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) will begin hearing the appeal of PC Michael Theriault’s conviction for his brutal assault on Dafonte Miller in December 2016. The incident, for which The...

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“Would Brody Meekis be alive today?” – Updates from ONCA Appeal in Discrimination Case Against Coroner’s Office

Toronto, ON – Last week, Julian Falconer and Molly Churchill of Falconers LLP appeared at the Ontario Court of Appeal on behalf of the Keno-Meekis Family in their pursuit of accountability in the death of their son. In 2014, four-year old Brody Meek...

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PC Michael Theriault to appeal conviction for his brutal attack on Dafonte Miller

May 7, 2021 On May 12th and 13th, 2021, the Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) will begin hearing the appeal of PC Michael Theriault of the Toronto Police Service, who is appealing his conviction for his brutal attack on Dafonte Miller. PC Theriault was found...

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Court of Appeal Reserves on Discrimination Case Against Coroner’s Office

May 7, 2021 On Thursday May 6, 2021, Julian Falconer and Molly Churchill from Falconers LLP appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal on behalf of the Keno-Meekis family, as they continue to pursue accountability for failures in the Ontario coronial sys...

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NOVEL LEVEL OF ACCESS ORDERED BY COURT – SANDY LAKE FIRST NATION TO LIVE-STREAM BRODY MEEKIS HEARING LOCALLY

May 5, 2021 In recognition of broadband and other challenges relating to community access to the upcoming May 6th Court of Appeal hearing in a case brought by the family of the late Brody Meekis of Sandy Lake First Nation, the Court has granted Sandy Lake...

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Death of Four-Year-Old Brody Meekis Ignored – Family Asks Court of Appeal to Let Them Pursue Accountability

May 3, 2021 On Thursday, May 6, 2021, the family of the late Brody Meekis of Sandy Lake First Nation will be asking the Court of Appeal for Ontario to give them their day in court to pursue accountability for the profound failures of Ontario’s coronial ...

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Justice – Justice at last! – Guilty Verdict Reached in Chauvin Trial (April 20, 2021)

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murdering George Floyd, an African-American man, on May 25, 2020. Chauvin has been found guilty of all three charges brought by Minnesota prosecutors: unintentional second-degree mur...

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Representing Your Client “Fearlessly”: Julian Falconer Appearance at Advocates’ Society Panel (April 16, 2021)

What does a lawyer need to consider in acting for an unpopular client? How about a popular one? On April 16, 2021, Julian Falconer of Falconers LLP participated in the Advocates’ Society program The Fearless Advocate: Litigating Polarizing Legal Issues....

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